4th Fighter Group Gallery 4th Fighter Group 339th Fighter Group Gallery 339th Fighter Group 357th Fighter Group Gallery 357th Fighter Group Scouting Force Scouting Force
20th Fighter Group Gallery 20th Fighter Group 352nd Fighter Group Gallery 352nd Fighter Group 359th Fighter Group Gallery 359th Fighter Group 5th Emer Rescue Sqd 5th Emer Rescue Sqd
55th Fighter Group Gallery 55th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Group Gallery 353rd Fighter Group 361st Fighter Group Gallery 361st Fighter Group 7th Photo Recon Group 7th Photo Recon Group
56th Fighter Group Gallery 56th Fighter Group 355th Fighter Group Gallery 355th Fighter Group 364th Fighter Group Gallery 364th Fighter Group 495th Fighter Group Gallery 495th FTG
78th Fighter Group Gallery 78th Fighter Group 356th Fighter Group Gallery 356th Fighter Group 479th Fighter Group Gallery 479th Fighter Group 496th Fighter Group Gallery 496th FTG


Abbreviations etc., used on this site

I have been told that many visitors to this site, particularly non-native English speakers, are sometimes baffled by the terms and abbreviations used.
This glossary is therefore an attempt to help those visitors to obtain a better understanding of the database and captions.
If I have missed anything or you need more explanation, please email me.

AAF (US) Army Air Force
a/c Aircraft
acc Assistant Crew Chief
a/f Airfield
AF Air Force
API Armour Piercing Incendiary (ammunition)
arm. Armorer
ASR Air-Sea Rescue
ATG Air Transport Group
Bandit Enemy Aircraft
BD Battle Damage
Big Friends Allied Bombers
B/O Bail or Bailed Out
BG Bomb Group
Bogey Unidentified Aircraft (possibly hostile)
BS Bomb Squadron
Capt. Captain
CAT. E Category "E" = damaged beyond economical repair
CAVU Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited
cc Crew Chief
Chattanooga Offensive fighter/fighter-bomber mission against rail targets
cpl Corporal
C.O. Commanding Officer
Col. Colonel
CTD Completed Tour of Duty
D-Day (6th June 1944) Derived from the way of expressing an "as yet unknown" date. The event will take place at H-Hour on D-Day in M-Month
EOW End of War
ERS Emergency Rescue Squadron
ETD Ended Tour of Duty
ETO European Theatre of Operations
Flak Happy In need of a spell of R&R in a Flak Home
Flak Home Requisitioned Country House/Mansion used to give aircrew a respite from combat
FG Fighter Group
F/O Flight Officer
F.O. Field Order (number)
FS Fighter Squadron
FTG Fighter Training Group
FTS Fighter Training Squadron
FUBAR Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition but often given as "Fouled" up in polite company!
GTTF Gunnery and Target Tow Flight
I/O Intelligence Officer
KIA Killed in Action
KIFA Killed in Flying Accident
KIMAC Killed in Mid-air Collision
Little Friends Allied Fighters
Lt. Lieutenant (First and Second Lieutenants are not differentiated on this site.)
Lt.Col. Lieutenant Colonel
L-R From Left to Right (in photo)
MAC Mid-air Collision
MACR Missing Air Crew Report (number)
Maj. Major
m/e Multi-engined
MIA Missing in Action
M/Sgt. Master Sergeant
MTO Mediterranean Theatre of Operations
NMF Natural Metal Finish (unpainted)
O.D. Olive Drab (top surface and anti-glare panel colour)
Pfc. Private, first class
POW Prisoner of War
PRG Photographic Reconnaissance Group
PRO Public Relations Officer
PRS Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
PS Photo Squadron
Pvt Private Soldier
Ramrod Bomber Escort Mission
R&R Rest and Relaxation (Recuperation)
RCS Radio Call Sign
Relay Radio Relay - the duty of orbiting offshore to relay radio messages to/from the unit aircraft on long missions
Rhubarb Small number of fighter aircraft attacking ground targets
Rodeo An offensive fighter mission using bombers as either a diversion or as bait
R/V Rendezvous
s/e Single-engined
SF Scouting Force
SFX Experimental Scouting Force
Sgt. Sergeant
SNAFU Situation Normal - All Fucked Up, but again often changed to "Fouled up" by those who think that "single men in barricks" do indeed grow into plaster saints! (ack. Rudyard Kipling)
Spare Additional aircraft that took off at the beginning of a mission to take the place of any that had to return early
S/Sgt. Staff Sergeant
t/e Twin-engined
T/Sgt. Technical Sergeant
VE Day Victory in Europe Day
ZI Zone of the Interior (The United States)